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Intense, Smoky Fire Destroys Former Business In Greenfield

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Flames and thick smoke destroyed a building Wednesday afternoon in Greenfield.

According to emergency officials, the two-alarm fire started burning a little after 3:30 p.m. at the former Carlini Monument Company facility on Hazelwood Avenue.

The intense fire could be seen from both the Greenfield and Hazelwood neighborhoods.

Neighbors say the business has been out of operation for a while; however, Pittsburgh City Councilman Corey O'Connor says the electricity may have just been restored to the building earlier in the day.

According to neighbors, the building may have gotten a new owner with plans for a business.

One man ran over to a nearby apartment building after seeing the fire break out. Fearing it may spread, he started getting the residents out of that building.

"We just saw smoke coming out of the building," the man said. "I mean, a massive black cloud of smoke came out of the building, and after that flames started shooting out of the back and it just worked its way this way."

The fire did not spread, and crews had it mostly knocked down by 5 p.m.

No injuries were reported.

Councilman O'Connor says the building may be knocked down tonight as a safety precaution.

"It was heavily damaged, and we're going to have a bureau permits license inspection come out and assess it, and see if it needs to be torn down now," said Pittsburgh Fire Bureau Chief Darryl Jones. "We cannot leave an unstable building just standing there."

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